With all the rumors circling about conference realignment, there is much speculation about will happen to the rest of the Big 12 conference if Missouri and Nebraska make the jump to the Big Ten.
According to The Associated Press, if the Big Ten takes MU and Nebraska, the Big 12 conference could potentially fall apart, leaving four schools without a conference. Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Baylor are the schools at risk of scrambling to find a new conference — any conference — to join.
Everything remains speculation, but the Pac-10 is reportedly prepared to extend invitations to six Big 12 schools – Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and either Baylor or Colorado, creating a super-conference of 16 teams that could earn as much as $20 million each in TV profits. If MU and Nebraska move to the Big Ten, each could stand to earn $22 million annually.
Some sort of closure on the issue may come soon. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska is ready to join to the Big Ten as soon as this Friday. In addition, with the Missouri Board of Curators meeting this Thursday and Friday, MU’s decision to stay or go might be nearing.
But if the elusive Notre Dame is added to the Big Ten roster, the conference may hold at 12 teams.
Will the Big 12 dissolve if Missouri and Nebraska move to the Big Ten?